The Cordova ace, who missed last year’s Walker County Tournament due to injury, helped the second-seed Blue Devils open this year’s tournament with a bang — pitching a perfect game holding third-seed Carbon Hill to no hits, runs or walks, while striking out 11 batters in Cordova’s 8-0 victory at Oakman High School.
Along with the spectacular pitching performance, Sims also helped the Blue Devils on offense, contributing an early solo home run to finish 1 for 2 on the day, with two walks.
“Faith was absolutely on top of her game today — she was hitting her spots great and was really in control. Having a perfect game is about total team effort and that was certainly the case for us — everyone played tremendous defense and gave it their best to ensure this great performance,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said.
“Faith’s home run also got us moving at the plate. Hitting is contagious and we had plenty of production from our girls.”
Next up for Cordova is a meeting with top-seeded Curry in the winner’s bracket final at 11 a.m. today.
The winner advances to the championship game, which is set for 5 p.m.
Oakman and Carbon Hill both stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament and will play each other in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.
Parrish and Dora were eliminated from the tournament with losses on Friday night. Both teams were 0-2.
Cordova’s Hannah McLemore and Ansley Ardoin both went 3 for 4 and scored a run against Carbon Hill, with McLemore adding an RBI and a triple.
Grayson Kilpatrick was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, Maggie Benson went 2 for 4 with a run scored, with Kaitlin Herron and Justice Garner each recording hits and scoring a run.
Tessa Ivey struck out seven batters and had two walks in the loss for Carbon Hill.
After a scoreless first inning, Sims’ home run secured the 1-0 second-inning lead for Cordova. In the third inning, the Blue Devils’ added five runs to their lead after Sims, Ardoin, Herron, Garner and Kilpatrick crossed the plate for a 6-0 advantage.
McLemore drove Benson home on an RBI triple, then crossed the plate on the following play in the sixth inning for the 8-0 final.
(1) Curry 6, (4) Oakman 1
The first-seed Curry Yellow Jackets battled through three scoreless innings before scoring six runs to beat the fourth-seed Oakman Wildcats, 6-1, in Friday’s second-round matchup.
Holli McGinnis picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets, giving up 11 hits, two walks and a run while striking out five Oakman batters in seven innings in the circle.
Offensively, Shannon Rowe went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a double, while Courtney Howze was 2 for 3 with a run scored, two RBIs and a double. Haleigh Lane was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double, Kaylee Horton went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Jordan McPherson was 2 for 3.
Kamree Lay gave up 10 hits, a walk and struck out eight batters in seven innings in the loss for Oakman.
At the plate, Madeline Custred and Riley Brown went 2 for 3, with Bailee Trotter going 2 for 4. Lay was 1 for 3 with a run scored, while Ashlee Morrow and Mallory Nunnelley recorded hits.
Rowe sent Lane home in the fourth inning to break the scoring deadlock, followed by RBI hits by Howze and McPherson to give Curry a 3-0 advantage. Both Lane and Rowe were driven in sixth inning to extend the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 5-0.
Horton crossed the plate in the seventh inning for Curry’s sixth run of the game, with Lay scoring Oakman’s lone run in the game to reach the 6-1 final.
(3) Carbon Hill 6, (6) Parrish 3
The third-seed Carbon Hill Bulldogs earned a first round victory over the sixth-seed Parrish Tornadoes, 6-3.
Tessa Ivey gave up three runs, four hits and struck out six Parrish batters in seven innings for the Bulldogs.
Offensively for Carbon Hill, Korey Tidwell was 4 for 4 with two runs scored, while Katie Moore went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Jessica Hurst and Kenna Alexander both went 2 for 4 with a run scored, with Ivey and Anna Martin going 2 for 3.
For Parrish, Baleigh Robertson was 3 for 3 with a home run and two runs scored, while Jamie Hocutt was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Mekya Hill was 2 for 4.
(4) Oakman 4, (5) Dora 0
Kamree Lay earned the shutout victory for the fourth-seed Oakman Wildcats over the fifth-seed Dora Bulldogs, 4-0, pitching seven innings and surrendering three hits, two walks while striking out 10 batters.
At the plate for Oakman, Bailee Trotter went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, with Peyton Willcutt going 2 for 3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Madeline Custred was 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI. Lay and Ashlee Morrow recorded hits.
Lindsey Johnson, Kelsey Rhodes and Mary McLeroy recorded hits for Dora.
(3) Carbon Hill 15, (5) Dora 0
(4) Oakman 11, (6) Parrish 4
In Friday night’s elimination games, both Dora and Parrish were ousted from the tournament.
Carbon Hill bounced back after Friday’s loss to Cordova with a 15-0 win over Dora while Oakman knocked off Parrish 11-4.
Parrish, last year’s Class 1A state champion, finished as the runner-up to Curry in the Walker County Tournament in 2013.
The pair of wins sets up a elimination game between the Wildcats and Bulldogs at 1 p.m. today.
The winner will then take on the loser of the Curry-Cordova game at 3 p.m.
Carbon Hill won the county tournament title in 2011.